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Odette Annable to join 'House' as series regular

So long, Amber Tamblyn and Olivia Wilde. Hello, Odette Annable.The "Brothers & Sisters" and "Breaking In" actress is set to join "House" as a series regular, Deadline reports. Annable will reportedly play someone House meets in prison when the FOX medical drama returns for its eighth season. The "Cloverfield" star isn't a jailbird though, she's a doctor at the prison whom House soon recruits to be a member of his team at Princeton-Plainsboro. Oh, the benefits of imprisonment.Annable's role is just the first of two major new characters "House' will be introducing in Season 8. The show is still searching for its new Dean of Medicine after Lisa Edelstein's exit. Annable is set to fill the void in House's team left by Tamblyn and Wilde (who will be returning for a limited number of episodes).Annable's new gig doesn't mean the death of FOX's "Breaking In." Her deal allows time for her to film the comedy... //

House Season 8 Premiere Shocker: Jail Time For... ?

When viewers last saw Gregory House, he was sitting at a bar in the tropics, seemingly without worry. When we see him next, however, things may have changed dramatically for this doctor. A source tells TV Line that show production trucks were up seen outside a Los Angeles-area prison recent, which would fit in with other casting notes surrounding the show. It would also fit in with the final words we'll ever hear from Cuddy, as she told officers on the season seven finale: she wants House arrested if he ever enters Princeton-Plainsboro again. //

House's Jesse Spencer Signs Deal to Return in Season 8

Good news for House fans: Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy is the only doctor who won't be returning to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in the fall. Jesse Spencer signed a new contract to continue with the Fox medical drama late Tuesday night, a rep for NBC Universal, the studio that produces the show, tells He will return as a series regular...  //

TV ratings: NBC's fireworks more 'Spectacular' than CBS' fireworks on Fourth of July

Fast National ratings for Monday, July 4, 2011NBC's annual Fourth of July fireworks special -- featuring a performance by Beyoncé -- scored its biggest overall audience in more than a decade and its best adults 18-49 numbers in four years, leading the network to a victory Monday night.NBC drew 6.3 million viewers and a 3.8 rating/6 share in households in primetime to finish comfortably ahead of No. 2 CBS (4.9 million, 3.1/6). ABC (3.1 million, 2.0/4) came in third. Neither FOX (1.9 million, 1.2/2) nor The CW (434,000, 0.3/1) were much of a factor.The adults 18-49 title also went to NBC, which averaged a 1.6 rating in the demographic. CBS, 1.0, took second. ABC's 0.8 was good enough for third, followed by FOX, 0.7, and The CW, 0.2.... //

Listen: Hugh Laurie announces music album 'Let Them Talk' feat. Dr. John

For fans of the TV show "House" plus his many other comedic appearances abroad, it's common knowledge that Hugh Laurie also has many musical talents. These will be featured on "Let Them Talk," a collection of New Orleans-inspired blues covers sung and performed on piano by Laurie, along with a crop of backing and featured talent. Superproducer and solo recording artist Joe Henry helmed. //

'House's' Lisa Edelstien books 'The Good Wife' recurring gig

Good news, Lisa Edelstein fans! No, you won't be seeing her on the upcoming season of "House" -- but you won't be going into complete withdrawal. Edelstein, who wasn't able to reach a contract agreement with "House" bosses, has set her sights on CBS instead.TVLine reports that Edelstein has booked a "juicy" guest starring role on "The Good Wife" which will span several episodes. Her character is a lawyer -- and a bit of a card shark -- who has significant history with Will (Josh Charles). No word yet on whether that history is personal or professional, but we can't wait to find out.Now a lawyer after seven seasons as a top-dog doctor... anyone remember when she was Ben Covington's recovering alcoholic baby-mama on "Felicity"? "House" returns, Cuddy-free, on Monday, Oct. 3. No announcement has been made on "The Good Wife's" return date.... //

Is It the End for These Primetime Dramas?

If you believe all of those doomsday predictions, the world is set to end in 2012. But the broadcast networks are bracing for a different kind of apocalypse next year, as several prime-time staples appear ready to call it quits. Aging favorites like House , CSI , Desperate Housewives , Grey's Anatomy and Law & Order: SVU are all nearing the end of their lifespans, with ratings declining and costs rising. Furthering these shows' slides are the seismic casting shifts that rocked the industry in recent weeks. CSI 's Laurence Fishburne, SVU 's Christopher Meloni and... //

House Not Trying to Kill Cuddy in 'House M.D.' Season 7 Finale

Although Hugh Laurie's character crashed his car into Cuddy's living room in the season ender, creator David Shore insists House is not a murderer. //

'House': Cuddy exit unplanned

The character of Lisa Cuddy wasn’t expected to disappear after  House’s  seventh season. In fact, executive producer David Shore told EW that he was planning on Cuddy’s alter-ego, Lisa Edelstein, to be back for more after they shot the drama’s finale. Shore says he would have crafted a different season-ender had he known her plans. (The actress, whose contract expired at the end of season 7, declined to renew her deal.) "I don’t know how exactly [I would have changed the finale]," Shore told EW during a special charity event for  House  Thursday that benefitted the Writers Guild Foundation. "I don’t what it would have been. It probably would have involved more closure on the character. I was really disappointed. I am still reeling from it but we just started meeting a few days ago, like we always do this time of year, to try to map out the first half of the next season, and we are having some very frank discussions about what we are going to do." Read More... //

Top Moments: A House Wreck, Oprah Signs Off, Glee's Big Apple Kiss

Our top moments of the week: 14. Saddest Confession:  On  The Real Housewives of Orange County , Vicki tears up and tells Tamra that she and her husband Donn are having "major issues" and that she's been praying every night for them to come together. She explains that they only talk to each other a few times a month and haven't had sex in almost two years, but feels conflicted because God hates divorce. Of all the marriages that have fallen victim to the  Real Housewives  franchise (and there have been  a lot ), this is one we wish hadn't. 13. Best-Laid Plans:  After Mitchell trespasses with Claire and Cam doles out dating advice to Manny on  Modern Family , the two have the same thought on their minds by the time Jay's birthday fishing party rolls around. "Cam, I want to have another baby," Mitchell says. "What do you think about a boy this time?" Cam responds. Let's hope they welcome him the same way. 12. Worst Act of Justice:  When Stan and Mitch find out that Bennet, the police's No. 1 suspect in their daughter's death, has not yet been arrested on  The Killing , Stan takes matters into his own hands. However, just as Stan and an associate are beating Bennet to a bloody pulp, the detectives piece together that he and Muhammed were helping another girl out — not Rosie — and Mitch finds a T-shirt of Rosie's in her room that the detectives thought was in Muhammed and Bennet's possession.  Read More... //